I Wish You Enough
At an airport I overheard a father and daughter during their last moments together. Her flight was ready for boarding and they were st－anding near the departure gate. She said, “Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever need. I wish you enough, too, Daddy.”
They kissed goodbye and she left. The man walked over towards the window near where I was seated. I could see that he wanted and needed to cry.
I tried not to intrude upon his privacy, but he welcomed me by asking, “Have you ever said goodbye to someone knowing that it would be forever?”
“Yes, I have.” Saying that brought back memories I had of expre－ssing my love and appreciation for all that my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were numbered, I took the time to tell him, face-to-face, how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was going through..
“Forgive me for asking, but why is this goodbye forever?” I asked.
“I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challengers ahead and the reality is, her next trip back will be for my funeral.” He said.
“I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough’. May I ask what that means?”
He began to smile, “That is a wish that has been handed down through the generations. My parents used to say it to everyone.”
The man paused a moment, then looked up, as if trying to remember the details.
“Then we say I wish you enough. We want the other persons to have a life filled with enough good things to sustain them.”
He then turned me and shared the following, as if he were reciting it from memory:
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirits up.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain so to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough hellos to get you through the final Goodbye.
The man then began to sob and walked away.